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The Best R-Rated Gay Themed Movies 

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List of R-Rated gay themed movies, ranked from best to worst with movie trailers when available. This list takes the best R-Rated gay themed movies and pits them against each other to see once and for all what the greatest R-Rated Gay Themed movie of all time is.

This list of popular R-Rated gay themed movies includes information like who directed the film, when it was released and which actors starred in the movie. If you think the top R-Rated Gay Themed movie isn't as high as it should be then be sure to vote it up so it can take its rightful place among the other great R-Rated Gay Themed films on this list.

If you're trying to find a specific R-Rated Gay Themed film you can search this list and filter to find what you're looking for. You can also find several of these movies streaming on Netflix Instant or Amazon Prime. Examples of movies on this list include The Kids Are All Right and Boys Don't Cry. You If you're trying to find out "What are the best R-Rated gay themed movies?" and "What are the most famous R-Rated gay themed movies?" then this list is the perfect resource for you.

Use this list if you're looking for some new gay themed movies that are rated R. Between Netflix, Hulu and other services there are thousands of great gay themed movies rated R, so get out there and start watching. Share the list with your friends to see how their opinions stack up against yours. (176 items)

Did you know that Peter Jackson and Ang Lee have both directed Gay Themed R movies?

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Albert Reed, Alicia Sixtos, Katie Walder

Released: 2007

Directed by: Jonah Markowitz

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Released: 2005

Directed by: Ang Lee

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Released: 1995

Directed by: Hettie MacDonald

Beautiful Thing is a 1996 British film directed by Hettie MacDonald and released by Channel 4 Films. The screenplay was written by Jonathan Harvey based on his own original play of the same ...more
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mixmaster reid added Latter Days Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Jacqueline Bissett, Amber Benson

Released: 2003

Directed by: C. Jay Cox

Latter Days is a 2003 American romantic comedy-drama film about a gay relationship between a closeted Mormon missionary and his openly gay neighbor. The film was written and directed by C. Jay ...more

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Hilary Swank, Chloë Sevigny, Natalie Zea

Released: 1999

Directed by: Kimberly Peirce

Boys Don't Cry is a 1999 American independent romantic drama film directed by Kimberly Peirce and co-written by Andy Bienen. The film is a dramatization of the real-life story of Brandon Teena, ...more

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Felicity Huffman, Kevin Zegers, Carrie Preston

Released: 2005

Directed by: Duncan Tucker

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Miss Coco Peru, Tori Spelling, Missi Pyle

Released: 1999

Directed by: Jim Fall

Trick is a 1999 American gay-themed romantic comedy film starring Christian Campbell, John Paul Pitoc and Tori Spelling. Independently produced by Eric d'Arbeloff, Ross Katz and Fall, the film ...more

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Helena Bonham Carter, Hugh Grant, Ben Kingsley

Released: 1987

Directed by: James Ivory

Maurice is a 1987 British romantic drama film based on the novel of the same title by E. M. Forster. It is a tale of homosexual love in early 20th century England, following its main character ...more

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Michelle Williams, RuPaul, Natasha Lyonne

Released: 1999

Directed by: Jamie Babbit

But I'm a Cheerleader is a 1999 satirical romantic comedy film directed by Jamie Babbit and written by Brian Wayne Peterson. Natasha Lyonne stars as Megan Bloomfield, a high school cheerleader ...more

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Hugo Weaving, Guy Pearce, Terence Stamp

Released: 1994

Directed by: Stephan Elliott

The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert is a 1994 Australian comedy-drama film written and directed by Stephan Elliott. The plot follows the journey of two drag queens and a transsexual ...more

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Keanu Reeves, Jim Caviezel, River Phoenix

Released: 1991

Directed by: Gus Van Sant

My Own Private Idaho is a 1991 American independent drama film written and directed by Gus Van Sant, loosely based on Shakespeare's Henry IV, Part 1, Henry IV, Part 2, and Henry V, and starring ...more

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Daniel Day-Lewis, Saeed Jaffrey, Roshan Seth

Released: 1985

Directed by: Stephen Frears

My Beautiful Laundrette is a 1985 British comedy-drama film directed by Stephen Frears from a screenplay by Hanif Kureishi. The film was also one of the first films released by Working Title ...more

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Sean Hayes, Carmine Giovinazzo, Paul Bartel

Released: 1998

Directed by: Tommy O'Haver

Billy's Hollywood Screen Kiss is a 1998 American independent, gay-themed romantic comedy film written and directed by Tommy O'Haver and starring Sean P. Hayes, Brad Rowe, and Meredith Scott ...more

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Ian McKellen, Brendan Fraser, Lynn Redgrave

Released: 1998

Directed by: Bill Condon

Gods and Monsters is a 1998 British-American drama film that recounts the last days of the life of troubled film director James Whale, whose experience of WWI is a central theme. It stars Ian ...more

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Christina Ricci, Lisa Kudrow, Johnny Galecki

Released: 1998

Directed by: Don Roos

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Julianne Moore, Annette Bening, Mark Ruffalo

Released: 2010

Directed by: Lisa Cholodenko

The Kids Are All Right is a 2010 American comedy-drama film directed by Lisa Cholodenko and written by Cholodenko and Stuart Blumberg. A hit at 2010 Sundance, it opened in limited release on ...more

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Mary-Louise Parker, Tony Shalhoub, Dermot Mulroney

Released: 1989

Directed by: Norman René

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Christina Ricci, Lisa Kudrow, Sasha Alexander

Released: 2001

Directed by: Julie Davis

All Over the Guy is a 2001 gay-themed romantic comedy film written by Dan Bucatinsky and directed by Julie Davis.

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Colin Farrell, Robin Wright, Sissy Spacek

Released: 2004

Directed by: Michael Mayer

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Kate Winslet, Peter Jackson, Melanie Lynskey

Released: 1994

Directed by: Peter Jackson

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Matthew Broderick, Anne Bancroft, Harvey Fierstein

Released: 1988

Directed by: Paul Bogart

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Robert Stadlober, Alicja Bachleda-Curus, Jürgen Tonkel

Released: 2004

Directed by: Marco Kreuzpaintner

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Dream Boy Rooney Mara, Diana Scarwid, Rickie Lee Jones

Released: 2008

Directed by: James Bolton

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Paul Sorvino, Mary Walsh, Sophie Lorain

Released: 2003

Directed by: Émile Gaudreault

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Sigourney Weaver, Patrick Stewart, Kevin Nealon

Released: 1995

Directed by: Christopher Ashley

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